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Outsiders (Virtus.pro roster) disqualified from DPC EEU after player draws pro-Russian invasion symbol in mini-map

11:58 AM April 30, 2022

Tournament organizer Beyond The Summit has disqualified the Virtus.pro roster, who are competing under the name Outsiders, from the Eastern Europe Dota Pro Circuit Tour 2 Regional Playoffs after Ivan “Pure” Moskalenko was seen drawing a “Z” symbol on the mini-map in their series against Mind Games.

The letter Z has infamously been used by the Russian government as a militarist symbol and by individuals in support of the invasion of Ukraine.

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Pure was seen drawing the symbol on the mini-map during a pause, with his teammates quickly covering it up before play resumed. This sparked outrage among the Dota 2 community, with fans and casters demanding Valve and the tournament organizer to hold the team accountable for their actions.

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Virtus.pro responded to the incident with a video of Pure explaining that the drawing was an accident.

“When we realized what exactly my drawing turned out to be, we tried to cover it up. I didn’t mean to offend anyone, it all happened by accident. Peace to all,” Pure said.

Beyond The Summit issued their statement and competitive verdict on the Outsiders roster a few hours later.

“Outsiders is disqualified from the DPC EEU Tour 2 Regional Playoffs. Mind Games will receive a retroactive forfeit win for their match earlier today,” announced the Beyond The Summit Twitter account. “All future matches Outsiders would have played are forfeit as well.”

As a result of the disqualification, Outsiders will not be able to compete in the ESL One Stockholm 2022 Major, the first Major of the DPC season.

UPDATE:

Virtus.pro has terminated Pure’s contract following their disqualification from the DPC EEU Tour 2 Regional Playoffs.

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TAGS: Beyond the Summit, dota 2, DPC, DPC EEU 2021/2022 Tour 2: Playoffs, Outsiders, Pure, Virtus.pro
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